1. There’s art in unusual places
Heard of The Unconformity? It’s a grungy industrial art festival deep in a remote western mining town that takes on a new form every two years. In Queenstown, nothing conforms. Not the mine-ravaged landscape, not the gravel football field, and certainly not the people. Contemporary and Aboriginal artists emerge from their ingenious hides and express their creativity through dance, music, sound art and theatre on the streets and inside former industrial sites. Dismiss them or join them, 19-21 October.
2. Your glass is always half full
Head east for a weekend of wine and seafood. The Great Eastern Wine Weekend effortlessly combines the two as you meet winemakers and sample wine accompanied with oysters at Freycinet Lodge. Get a little closer to the oyster lease by wading out knee-deep into an estuary where the oyster farmer will hand you a glass of bubbles and shuck oysters from the same waters you are standing in. Turn up to Twamley Farm for wine and slow cooking over fire and there’s wine tastings on a cruise to Wineglass Bay and a long table brunch that shouldn’t be missed. 7-9 September.
Meet winemakers and wine experts at decadent garden parties and food-matching masterclasses at Effervescence. Likened to the region Champagne, in France the Tamar Valley just outside of Launceston brings together 15 of Tassie’s top sparkling producers for a weekend of sparkling wine. Snap up your spot, 16-18 November.
3. It’s the season of colour
The bloom may be brief, but the vision of row upon row of tulips sloping gently towards a stark white lighthouse on the edge of a volcanic plateau, will last a lifetime. Time it right and you’ll catch the tulips in bloom September to October. Tulip fields not bright enough for you? At the Tulip Festival Wynyard’s colour run you can get plastered from head to toe in colour (BYO goggles). Try your hand at tulip-throwing in the annual competition, watch fireworks over the Inglis River or turn up to the tulip cocktail party and bring some colourful moves to the dancefloor.
4. Release your inner creative
Rub shoulders with Australia’s best writers in a storybook Swiss village over cocktails and delicious produce. Now is the time to immerse yourself in a magical world of words, share stories and feast on Tamar Valley produce. Learn how to ignite your own stories with Amie Kaufman from New York Times and discover the ageless art of building worlds with words. This year the Tamar Valley Writers Festival theme is ‘Tasmania on the Global Page’. Expand your mind, 14-16 September.
5. Pick the best of the season
Farm gate markets in Tasmania celebrate eating seasonal and making local. Join in the Tassie tradition of attending weekend produce markets to gather good nosh and listen to buskers laid-back tunes. Meet bakers, cheesemakers, pig farmers, orchardists and apiarists that collect honey from wild places. Our picks for this spring are the Saturday Salamanca Market in Hobart and Harvest Market, in Launceston, the Sunday Farm Gate Market in Hobart and the monthly Bream Creek Farmers Market. located 45 minutes east of Hobart.